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Why riots don't happen

The urban riots shook cities across England over four days in August 2011. But why did some areas succumb to rioting and disorder, while others stayed calm?

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Piecing together Turkey's intellectual puzzle

Rapid social and economic development in Turkey has prompted renewed questioning of its national identity and interest in history and culture.  

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Changing meaning in war memoirs

A new study looks at how the study of soldiers’ memoirs can help us understand the historical context of war.

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Spads and spin: how governments are making the news

The description of government communications as ‘spin’ has been part of the political lexicon since the mid 1990s. But what is the reality behind its image?

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Gender training for the troops

It is 15 years since the United Nations adopted Resolution 1325. Despite some progress, sexual violence is still a major problem in conflict zones and women remain vastly under represented in peacebuilding and prevention efforts. 

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News from the front

The relationship between the military and the media in World War II involved censorship, but also an uneasy alliance

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Social media for rape survivors

Seven years after being sexually assaulted in a Belfast park, 37-year-old Winnie M Li has embarked on a PhD at LSE to investigate how social media can help rape survivors heal.

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Leading a double life

Its tagline claims it’s the largest 3D virtual site in the world, but does Second Life  come at a price for its users who dip in and out of the real world? Simon Evans, a PhD candidate in LSE’s Department of Social Psychology, has been researching this question for five years.

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Will robots replace humans?

Experts predict robots will take over 30% of our jobs within the next 10 years, but how close to the mark is this forecast? Leslie Willcocks and Mary Lacity from LSE’s Department of Management suggest a more nuanced work future.


Manning the US border

2015 marks a decade since a group of private individuals launched the Minuteman movement, a self-appointed citizens’ patrol of the United States border to stop illegal immigrants from Mexico. 


The downsides of looking like a leader

Having highly confident people in positions of power can have its disadvantages, according to research experiments.

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Bringing up the bodies with big data

Newly available genealogical records are helping to provide insights into the lives the European nobility, and may provide important clues about why Western Europe led the Industrial Revolution.


Speed shadowing shows that appearances can be deceptive

Research experiments show that regardless of our personality, our identities are intimately connected with our physical appearance.


The humanity of war: iconic photojournalism of the battlefield

From the First World War to the war on terror, the ways of war have changed drastically over the last century. The images which record these conflicts have also evolved.


The politics of outer space

Forty five years after the Moon landing, outer space still holds a fascination for the world, associated with prestige, political and military power.


Dumbing down the smart city

Does the smart city concept put technology ahead of people, ignoring the very things that make us human?


Facebook reveals its shallow side

Does social media wield the power we think it does? Not when it comes to mobilising the masses to action.


Do what you love, love what you do

The dream of giving up the daily grind and finding a true vocation has fuelled a million job searches. But can our often elusive ‘calling’ be found?



The fundamental flaws behind today's educational assisted technology

Why technology is not the great equaliser when it comes to students with additional needs.


A Facebook revolution?

The role of social media in the Egyptian uprising


Men seek help using female avatars

Why online games are helping men lose their inhibitions

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Flight of the angels

Evangelical outreach in the UK challenges ideas of the ‘sacred’ and the ‘secular’

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The personal side of a very public crisis

Young Greeks talk to Dr Athanasia Chalari about their experience of the economic crisis  

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Inside out

How young British Muslims come to feel alienated from the country of their birth

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Screen and intervene

Would the ability to predict which child might grow up to be a criminal be a good thing?


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A matter of death and life

Study shows that men who think about mortality aim to father more children.



Is financial journalism in crisis?

New compact needed between the financial press and the media.


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Making sure the kids are alright

The Europe-wide project that assesses the dangers of the internet.


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When sorry isn't enough

Philosopher Luc Bovens explores the limits of an apology.